Lincoln family-owned business poised for expansion is named ‘Manufacturer of the Year’ by Nebraska Chamber
LINCOLN — A family-owned Lincoln business known for its diverse workforce, community involvement and adoption of technology has been named Nebraska “Manufacturer of the Year” by the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
TMCO Inc. leaders, CEO Diane Temme Stinton and her father, founder Roland Temme, accepted the award at the annual Nebraska Manufacturing Summit this week in La Vista.
The recognition, according to the chamber, is bestowed annually on a state manufacturer that’s selected by a committee for outstanding innovative practices and strategies. Gov. Jim Pillen presented the award.
“TMCO perfectly represents manufacturing in Nebraska,” said Mike Johnson, the chamber’s chief operating officer. “They’ve developed a welcoming place to work for people of all backgrounds, serve their customers with pride and dedication, and have led on technology investment since day one.”
Founded in 1974 by Roland Temme, TMCO (a Total Manufacturing Company) grew from an 850-square-foot metal shack into a 300,000-square-foot facility at its original Lincoln site. It is preparing to open a second location in Waverly, said Temme Stinton.
Currently the operation employs about 230 people, and 40% are refugees or immigrants representing 17 different countries, including recent newcomers from Afghan and Ukraine.
“As we welcome refugees into Lincoln, we tend to see those waves coming to TMCO as well,” said Temme Stinton.
The company specializes in one-stop, concept-to-completion metal fabrication services.
“We’re like a boy scout with a Swiss army knife,” says its website, noting that services range from milling, sheet fabrication to powder coating, welding and prototyping.
Temme Stinton said the chamber’s advocacy work on behalf of the manufacturing industry is positioning the business for “exciting opportunities.”
“It’s an honor to highlight the work of family-owned small business,” Temme Stinton said. “We’re extremely humbled and blessed to be able to do what we love.”